As a FESI/RSEKN committee, we would like to sincerely apologize for hosting the first day of the Summer Institute (August 22nd) on Eid ul-Adha. Eid ul-Adha is also known as the Feast or Festival of Sacrifice and is celebrated by Muslim communities around the world.
This oversight was due to a misunderstanding in dates. Our understanding was based on the solar or Gregorian calendar as opposed to the lunar calendar that is used by Muslims to determine the correct dates for holy days. The sole use of the Gregorian calendar is in and of itself a hegemonic and colonial practice that is problematic and may contribute to Islamophobia and other forms of injustice.
We take full responsibility for this mistake and we write this apology in the spirit of accountability and transparency. Upon discovering the mistake, we looked into changing the dates; however, with over 200 people registered and almost 45 speakers (some whose flights were already booked) over the 2 days, it became impossible to coordinate new dates.
As a conference based on equity in education, one committed to access, opportunities and outcomes for all students, we are committed to our ongoing learning, unlearning and relearning, and the transformation necessary to ensure that our practices are inclusive of all. We understand how problematic this is, especially with the rise of Islamophobia we are currently witnessing.
For those who are not able to attend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the presentations. We are also planning to have a follow-up meeting in the Fall to continue the discussion about identity-based data because we need Muslim educators and community partners at the table for these important discussions.
We are committed to strengthening our committee to ensure a better representation of Muslim people. We are also committed to being aware of, and responding to, other missing voices on our committee. We welcome your feedback at email@example.com.
Again, we sincerely apologize.
Eid Mubarak to all of the educators, families, students, and community partners celebrating Eid ul-Adha.